44 Live: Choosing the Grapes

May. 01, 2017

Research. The first step in making any major decision about anything. The key to knowing how to grow and if a certain grape grows is to understand what that grape can offer and how to get the most out of it. Whether that be through pruning length, water absorption, access to sunlight, or soil composition, you must understand the goal of growing that grape.

We keep hearing the word balance in almost every aspect of grape growing and vineyard management; it is no different when it comes to choosing which grapes to plant or include in your offerings. If you have too many grapes that produce the white wines you’re looking for, you won't have the necessary red varietals and likewise the other way around. 

Then of course you need to look at the region, geography and climate. Grapes such as Frontenac Blanc, that were found in cold climate regions tend to grow better in cold climate regions. Grapes such as Chardonnay’ and Cabernet Sauvignon are well-known warm climate grapes and grow better in those regions.

Factors such as soil composition, air temperature, grape skin thickness, rainfall, sunlight and summer length, all play crucial roles in the choosing of grape varietals. The most important factor when choosing which grapes you want in your vineyard is knowing the grape.

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